Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Session 2 (Co-sensing), Wednesday 23rd March 2016

Link to today's presentation HERE

What today’s session is about
  • Empathy - learning to deep listen to other people
  • Reflection - allows participants to reflect more deeply and identify concrete intuitive insights 
  • Levels of conversation - how listening can be different things
  • Coaching circles - how to coach one another as a group

What we will have done by the end of the session
  • Paired up and done an Empathy Walk
  • Done some Reflective Journaling on food
  • Debriefed on journaling and the empathy walk
  • Learnt about the Four Levels of Conversation
  • Had an introduction to coaching circles 
  • Practiced coaching circles

Activity 1 - The Empathy Walk

Please could you:
  • Pair up with someone you don’t know
  • Read the handout (PDF)
  • Spend around 20 minutes doing the exercise

Activity 2 - Reflective Journaling

One Guided journaling leads participants through a self-reflective process. This practice allows participants to access deeper levels of self-knowledge, and to connect this knowledge to concrete actions. It's a personal exercise, rooted in honesty. There is never a requirement to share what you journal.

You can get more information on reflective journaling here.

Lesson: Co-sensing and Levels of Listening

Co-sensing is the early part of the 'U' where the ideas of observing and deep listening are key. You can see a short video about it here.

One of the main ideas about U.Lab is that we slip into old patterns of doing things. And as a result, the solutions we come up with up with run the risk of not properly addressing the problem they want to fix. How we diagnose the problem is a big part of that, We all know how to listen: we do it every day. But listening is a skill. Deep listening is something most of us are poor at if we don't practice. So the point here is to think about listening as, at its deepest, a process of empathy, connection and a shift to something new in the future. There's a great video on levels of listening here. You can also see a concise summary of Theory U here.

Activity 3: Listening Conversations
Think of that conversation you had in the last week around food:

  • What level were you operating at? 
  • What level would you like to be at? 
  • What benefit would that bring? 

Activity 4: Coaching Circles
Coaching circles are probably the single most effective method in U.Lab for moving from concept to practice. The backbone of coaching circles is a process we call case clinics.

To practice a case clinic we need 3 roles filled:

  • Casegiver: The casegiver shares their personal aspiration and leadership challenge that is current, concrete, important
  • Coaches: Coaches listen deeply - they do not try to “fix” the problem, no matter how tempting it seems
  • Timekeeper: one of the coaches manages the time

You can get detailed instructions on how to run a case clinic here. There is also a longish video on it here.



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